Box Dollar Fashioned out of the Obverse of an 1875-Dated Trade Dollar and the Reverse of a San Francisco Mint Trade Dollar. Choice Very Fine.
This photo frame box dollar functions perfectly, the reverse sliding down slightly then lifting to expose the interior, which has been polished and fit with a glass disc and retaining bezel that secures a photograph of a loving couple. The "lid" can be lowered and slid back into place leaving the contents undetectable, except perhaps to collectors of box dollars. Stories abound of these box dollars (or "opium dollars") being used to hide and smuggle drugs, particularly opium, but at the time these box dollars were created, there were few restrictions on the use of these drugs, so there was little need to hide them. Appealing pewter gray patina overall.